Digital Citizenship, digital literacy


In the 21st century digital literacy  ( No Dutch page on this subject in Wikipedia) belongs to the basic skills of the educated person. It is a prerequisite in order to function in the information society. Digital literacy demands, like language skills and numeracy, a formation process that everyone must go through for a long time. Therefore it is an important subject in the curriculum. Current courses in this field do not prepare students for the information society. The government must implement a comprehensive change in secondary education to improve digital information and communication. Otherwise the Netherlands will be lagging behind and leading position as a knowledge and innovation economy will be in danger.
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In 1997, Paul Gilster wrote a book entitled Digital literacy (New York: Wiley).

Digital Citizenship has aspects and components:
Digital Access: full electronic participation in society.
Digital Commerce: electronic buying and selling of goods
Digital Communication: electronic exchange of information.
Digital Literacy: process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology.
Digital Etiquette: electronic standards of conduct or procedure.
Digital Law: electronic responsibility for actions and deeds
Digital Rights & Responsibilities: those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world.
digital civil rights.
Digital Health & Wellness: physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world.
Digital Security (self-protection): electronic precautions to guarantee safety.[]
Digital identity, Bonnie Stewart
Digital networking and connecting

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3 thoughts on “Digital Citizenship, digital literacy

  1. Forgot to mention in my previous comment that throughout my working career there has been a gradual increase in the need for technology skills to perform my job. 40 years ago as a beginning carpenter we used very simple leveling devices and tables stamped into framing squares to calculate rafters and stairs. Every year there were new tools operate and repair to increase productivity. A person could work without them without sacrificing quality but as they became more common and more used these added aids became normal and the way things were done. Working without them was seen as silly and unrealistic.

    After carpentry I switched to building heating and air-conditioning which is technology heavy at the top end where a skilled person would likely prefer to reside. Here there’s some room for negotiating how technical you want to be but there’s really no place you can stop and say “no more technology please” if you wish to remain employed. In fact, “knowing enough” is not a place in the trades or any other career and may leave you too special to be employed.

    My current job bears little connection to anything I’ve ever done. Five years ago I was sitting at home recovering from open heart surgery with not trades career to return to but some experience searching on the web. The local college needed someone to research programs at other colleges over the net and I took the job. Since the job had never existed there was no training or best practice guides so I just made the job up as it went.

    In an economy where jobs appear from nowhere it’s difficult to know what training to get, though I’d guess any form of general literacy should be primary. Jobs that need to get done will get done and not necessarily by the most qualified but often by those both willing and confident to do them.

    It’s a hard concept for some to accept that there are things everyone needs to know. We tend to allocate resources by specific need so a doctor gets trained as a doctor and a plumber a plumber. But there are interests that override the particular and literacy matters to everyone. Hopefully, schools are not taking it upon themselves to decide who deserves this or that skill.

  2. […] In een economie waarin banen vanuit het niets ontstaan is het moeilijk te voorspellen welke training… volgens mij een soort algemene kennis nodig zal zijn. Her werk dat gedaan moet zal wel gedaan worden, en niet noodzakelijk door degenen die ervoor zijn opgeleid. Maar door degenen die het willen doen en er voor willen gaan. (Scott Johnson) Denk hierbij aan de knowmad.  The knowmad is mobile and learns with anybody, anywhere, anytime. As such, the place we now know as school may be too small and perhaps unable to contain the range of learning engagements necessary for those with nomadic tendencies. […]

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